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Mengele promoted medical experimentation on inmates especially dwarfs and twins He is said to have supervised an operation by which two Gypsy children were sewn together to create Siamses twins the hands of the children became badly infected where the veins had been resected Snyder Cohen tells us The only firsthand evidence on these experiments comes from a handful of survivors and from a Jewish doctor Miklos Nyiszli who worked under Mengele as a pathologist Mengele subjected his victims - twins and dwarfs aged two and above - to clinical examinations blood tests X rays and anthropological measurements In the case of the twins he drew sketches of each twin for comparison He also injected his victims with various substances dripping chemicals into their eyes apparently in an attempt to change their color He then killed them himself by injecting chloroform into their hearts so as to carry out comparative pathological examinations of their internal organs Mengeles purpose according to Dr Nyiszli was to establish the genetic cause for the birth of twins in order to facilitate the formulation of a program for doubling the birthrate of the Aryan race The experiments on twins affected 180 persons adults and children Mengele also carried out a large number of experiments in the field of contageous diseases typhoid and tuberculosis to find out how human beings of different races withstood these diseases He used Gypsy twins for this purpose Mengeles experiments combined scientific perhaps even important research with the racist and ideological aims of the Nazi regime which made use of government offices scientific institutions and concentration camps
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